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Worth a Gander tonight Super U's to prevail
at 19:01 26 Oct 2021



MWH Chambers Smith Daniels

Hannant Skuse Chilvers Kennedy

Sears Tovide

Turner Nouble Jasper Eastman Coxe Cooper Dobra

Good to see Tovide disapppointing that neither Jasper nor Dobra start

Up the U's

He who would Valiant be - Super U's to prevail at Vale Park
at 12:38 23 Oct 2021

After taking four points from the last two games HM takes his charges to Burslem to do battle against the Valiants of Port Vale, led by Darrell Clarke.

Table Top 4 and 19th placed teams.

FGR 13 27
Harrogate 13 23
Swindon 13 23
PV 13 22

COL U 12 14

Clearly a difficult game on paper but we don’t have a bad record at Vale Park. I have been many times, though sadly not today, and I have seen a few Colchester victories, normally 2-1.

Port Vale has a big pitch 114 x 77 yards compared to 101 x 64 at the JSCS. The Port Vale pitch also drains well given that it has plenty of old crocks under to aid the drainage.

The injuries are starting to mount up for HM. Alan Judge and Ryan Clampin are out and Cole Skuse has a fitness test prior to the game to ensure his playability.

Junior Tchamadeu is out for three games after his red card was upheld (absolute nonsense) in midweek.

Miles Welch-Hayes is also training again but I don’t think he will start.
Club Captain Tommy Smith has been kept out of the team after his Middle Eastern jaunt but will return today.

Indeed, HM must be bold and brave with his selection,

I would like to see in a 4,3,3:


Eastman Chambers Smith Daniels

Skuse Wiredu Chilvers

Jasper Tovide Dobra

However, HM will go with:


Eastman Chambers Smith Daniels

Skuse Wiredu Chilvers

Jasper Sears Nouble


Turner Coxe Dobra Tovide Kennedy Hannant Cooper

The major difference in the two teams is the front positions. HM has his favourites, but Big Frank is not firing on any cylinders and Freddie Sears has no pace where it matters. I would leave them both on the bench.

Skuse, Wiredu and Chilvers are our best midfield players.

How else is Samson Tovide to gain experience if he is confined to 8-minute cameos (Bonne etc etc)?

Give Tovide 90 minutes and let him scare the PV defenders. On a big pitch both Jasper and Dobra can use their pace on the wings and get the ball into the box for a natural striker like Tovide to benefit.

Weather will be 12 degrees Celsius, cloudy but dry and windy.

No repeat of the Tranmere debacle, take the game to Port Vale, use the width of the pitch and get those crosses into the box.

Safe journey to Wessex, Noah, Mr and Mrs Witham and the rest of the faithful.

Enjoy the game. 2-1 to the Super U’s (Jasper and Tovide)

Up the U’s

Bonfire Spectacular Friday 5th November @ 2000hrs
at 11:17 21 Oct 2021

BBC 2 are showing the AFC Sudbury v Colchester United game live

Up the U's
Super U's to defeat the Gas at JSCS
at 15:04 19 Oct 2021

Absolutely swamped with other things today.

No time for the usual doggerel suffice to say brilliant victory at the weekend.

Three more points tonight with a 2-0 win against the Gas



Tchamadeu Eastman Smith Daniels

Wiredu Skuse Chilvers

Jasper Tovide Dobra


Taylor Kennedy Cooper Chambers Nouble Sears Hannant

Weather 17 degrees Celsius mostly cloudy but mainly dry.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s

Sulphurites to suffer Chemical reaction at the JSCS
at 18:22 15 Oct 2021

This time last week I was in the car enroute to Prenton Park with no thought other than a Colchester victory. By 2135hrs the dreadful reality dawned that we are once again embroiled in a relegation fight.

No goals in the last four league games and only one point at Swindon tells its own story.

I deliberately didn’t write a match report last week because I was utterly fed up with the lack lustre second half at Tranmere. First half we started strongly and bossed the early exchanges. Indeed, had Clampin been allowed to take the early free kick we might have been one nil up. Then Tranmere came into the game, but I was incensed at their play acting. Four-time players went to ground as if they had been poleaxed only to get up and sprint around like Gazelles moments later.

The last ten minutes of the half we came back into the game and looked capable of scoring a goal.

The referee had also been hopeless, falling for the Tranmere play acting and refereeing the game like a real homer does. I felt sorry for Big Frank, he was penalised at every challenge whilst nothing was given his way. The cheating from the home side was palpable and disappointing.

However, Melon instilled something into his players at the interval and they came out fired up and took the game to Colchester. We capitulated and although the first goal took a very fortunate deflection to take it over George and into the net there were few complaints about Clarke’s spectacular header which sewed up the points.

A partisan crowd of 7,324 of which there were 167 of the faithful roared their approval and in truth at 1-0 the game was over. It was only then that HM brought Jasper and Chilvers on after 66 minutes for Hannant (who was awful) and Judge who played poorly and we perked up so much ironically after their second goal so that we threatened a goal which would have made an interesting finish.

Jasper was booked for an off the ball incident with a ball boy who refused to give the ball back. Worse was to follow after the game when missiles were thrown at the supporters coach smashing a window and delaying their departure.

Jasper made an instant impact with a mazy run leaving four defenders in his wake and had Chilvers shot gone in from the edge of the box it would have been 1-1. When Big Frank was substituted for Samson Tovide the faithful cheered and I have to say that it is time for Big Frank to sit on the bench. So, another 2-0 defeat and this means the pressure is really on tomorrow at home to the Sulphurites.

There was also a very unpleasant incident of overt racism from a handful of Tranmere supporters in the Johnny King stand towards Sylvester Jasper’s father who was sitting just down from us in the Cowshed stand with the faithful. My son filmed the incident and sent it to the Tranmere Rovers press officer and also to Sky Sports Kick it Out helpline, but nothing has been heard since which is both depressing and proves that we will never stamp out this obscenity until something concrete is done.

Seeing Steven Gillespie at half time in the queue for food with his sons was something of note.

Anyway, last week I suggested the following line up:

Tchamadeu Eastman Chambers Daniels
Wiredu Skuse Chilvers
Jasper Tovide Nouble

HM however lined up:

Coxe Eastman Chambers Clampin
Skuse Wiredu
Hannant Judge Sears

Tomorrow we play Harrogate Town. Now no disrespect to Harrogate but frankly this is how bad things have become when we almost fear a former non-league team riding high in the league and who have despatched the bottom team 6-1 in their last game.

The team owes the supporters much more than this dreadful fare which is being served up at Home.

HM has Smith back from Bahrain where he played a part in both games against Curacao and Bahrain, whilst Dobra played both U21 games against Andorra and Slovenia which they both won. I suspect that both will be back in the squad tomorrow.

It seems likely that Charlie Daniels is still injured and so Clampin will again start but I would like to see Junior Tchamadeu start against Harrogate.

Luke Hannant should be dropped he is awful; I think that he is suffering from long Covid and must be passed fully fit before he plays again for the first team. Three times last week he started off, almost reached the half way line and immediately stopped and played a ball backwards, he has no pace going forward at all.

Just a reminder of how bad things are:

1 FGR 11 23
2 Harrogate 11 22
3 Swindon 11 19

20 COL U 10 10

HM must be bold in his selection if we are to score a goal (at least) and end this drought which is engulfing the team and giving the faithful every opportunity to say I will do something else on a Saturday afternoon rather than go to the JSCS.

So let us please try the following:


Tchamadeu Chambers Eastman Clampin

Wiredu Skuse Chilvers

Jasper Tovide Dobra



Thinking – Shamal George the easiest selection. Junior Tchamadeu is good enough and should play, Eastman and Chambers plus Clampin (although if fit I would play Charlie Daniels at left back).

I wonder why we have a right back on loan from Solihull when our own Academy product sits on the bench.

Midfield – it is criminal not to play Chilvers and Cole Skuse is excellent whilst Brendan Wiredu is outstanding.

That leaves the unthinkable Big Frank is dropped, I’m sorry but it has to be done. Instead let’s have genuine pace with Jasper and Dobra supporting Samson Tovide who should play Number 9 in a three-up front.

Our recent managers have all suffered from fear – fear of losing and so have set up defensively but here’s the thing every time we have done so we have been poor and encouraged the opposition to come onto us. At Barrow with ten men on the field it was almost as if the players decided the outcome by not sitting back and instead playing to our strengths. The camaraderie was clear for all to see and the reaction of the team at the end of the game was something to behold.

Take the game to the opposition and try something different. Our play with Sears and Big Frank is one dimensional, they do not link up and we look so predictable.

Harrogate would not like to face genuine pace and trickery. Tranmere looked out of sorts when Jasper came on and played with skill and pace. Simon Weaver and his charges may have to guard against complacency and that should work to our advantage.

I think we have to face facts that the club is reluctant to consider another striker and that is a huge mistake. Folivi when fit will offer some pace and goals. I have long ago given up on Triallist B and all the other decent strikers are already playing for their respective teams. But we do need someone!

HM wants the other players to weigh in with goals, but ultimately it is all about giving some service to the strikers and that can come from Wiredu and Chilvers.

The forecast is for 13 degrees Celsius and mostly cloudy but dry at Colchester tomorrow.

The pitch should be in pristine condition and the crowd will be 2,500 at best.

Try to enjoy the game.

Oh, the scoreline. A surprise - a home win with Tovide and Jasper settling the affair in a 2-0 game.

On Sunday at 1pm Ball Number 12 will be drawn out of the hat in the FA Cup 1st Round proper. Can we at least win the opening two rounds and give the long suffering fans something to look forward in January with the Third Round draw.

Up the bold and inventive U’s

Bring your boots!
at 20:18 14 Oct 2021

"HAYDEN Mullins insists all his Colchester United players have a responsibility to contribute goals – and not just his strikers.

The U’s have found the net only seven times in League Two so far this season and have failed to score in any of their last four matches."

Any strikers out there who fancy a game on Saturday afternoon!

Up the goal shy U's

Humes OUT
This is what we were missing!
at 23:21 11 Oct 2021

Armando Dobra netted for the Albanian U21's against Slovenia tonight in a 2-0 win.

Up the distant International U's
Southend sack Brown and Fagan
at 17:51 9 Oct 2021

Southend 0 Chesterfield 4

Match delayed by protests against Board.

So it's not all doom and gloom!
"Wirrall" Rubbish - Super U's to prevail at Prenton Park
at 10:48 6 Oct 2021

Crisis, what crisis! HM on the back of another shocking Home performance takes his much-maligned team to Prenton Park this Friday evening.

Tranmere sit in 9th position with 15 points from 10 games. The U’s are 18th with 10 points from 9 matches. Now so far, our Away record has given us the majority of our points and we are unbeaten Away from the JSCS, but what would happen if we were to lose on Friday. The clamour for more people to go perhaps and more moaning and groaning about team selection, Ipswich signings etc.

For at least the last 5 seasons I have been arguing for a striker (Centre Forward), but even that is not the fix all solution. We are simply not scoring enough goals from elsewhere on the pitch.

Our midfield players are not weighing in with goals and neither are the wingers. Tom Eastman’s majestic header at Barrow showed us what we are missing from Corners.

But why has our Home form suddenly dipped so badly. Opposition teams come with a game plan. They sit in and invite us to take the game to them, but we are not doing this. We do not start smart and go at the opposition, result they gain in confidence and result another damaging defeat. We are too one dimensional at home, tactics are too easily identifiable, we are too laboured in the approach play. Too many senior players are out of form.

But we do not have a target man. Big Frank is suffering, played out of position, he is unable to hold the ball up and he has not formed a partnership with Freddie Sears. We still have not moved away from a single striker and the threat is too easily snuffed out by League Two defences who are not put under enough pressure.

We are happy to counter attack Away from home and against Barrow Sears played his best game for the U’s without doubt. He attacked down both flanks and made one and scored one. The most frustrating point about Colchester this season is that when we are on top, we fail to go for the jugular and having done the hard work at Oldham we almost let them back into the game. Rochdale was a tough second half because we failed to push home our advantage after being gifted the lead.

The Barrow game was like Fleetwood Away some years ago when we won late on.

Tranmere have been very good at home this season and will present problems for us. I have been to Prenton Park on several occasions but none more remarkable than Friday 26 September 2008. My son was at UCLan in Preston, and I picked him up enroute. Colchester had Kit Symons in temporary charge. Two early goals (Perkins) one from each side made it an evenly matched game but two further Colchester goals from Yeates and Platt made it 3-1 which Jackson made 4-1 with an early second half goal. So, game over, not a bit of it, a calamitous mistake from Gerken made it 4-2 and Tranmere scored again to make it 4-3 and the U’s managed to see out the rest of the game. Not good for the heart rate, but a superb and exciting game.

Friday night and the U’s need to bring some form into the game. It is a time to stand up and be counted and to ensure the best counter attacking game that we can bring in order to regain some pride and silence some of the doubters.

Micky Mellon’s (me old fruit) side won 2-0 against Salford in the Papa John’s trophy but don’t read too much into that as both teams made changes. It does mean however that we will be up against it on Friday.

So, who does HM play? International call ups mean that Smith and Dobra are away with New Zealand and Albania respectively but no postponement for the U’s we soldier on.

If Miles Welch-Hayes is still unfit, the defence will largely pick itself. Junior Tchamadeu should be brought in for Coxe and Daniels will keep Clampin out.

Midfield must see Wiredu Skuse and Chilvers and then Tovide Big Frank and Jasper up front.

So be brave and play 4,3,3


Tchamadeu Eastman Chambers Daniels

Wiredu Skuse Chilvers

Jasper Tovide Nouble


Turner Clampin Hannant Judge Sears Coxe Cooper

HM knows that he cannot continue to stick with the same old formation or squad members. Junior Tchamadeu proved at Barrow that he is ready for first team football as full back. Brendan Wiredu should not be dropped; he is our best midfielder. Cole Skuse in the games that I have been too has been a consistent performer, Noah Chilvers needs to be given free rein. Sylvester Jasper was almost unplayable in those early games when he replaced Sears and he should start on Friday. Big Frank has been criticised by many, but he is being asked to play centrally when his best position is left sided up front.

Samson Tovide should be asked to lead the line; he is ready, and his pace will upset defences.

Regarding substitutes, I would expect to see Luke Hannant, Alan Judge and Chay Cooper at some stage in the second half at Prenton Park.

Weather will be a mild 18 degrees Celsius on Friday, cloudy with only 10 % chance of precipitation.

Expect a large, partisan crowd including Mike Dean. The Super U’s will be in the Cow Shed at Prenton Park. Make sure you buy a Fanzine even if you don’t get a programme, The Fanzine is always a cracking read at Tranmere.

It is up to the players to bring their A game and to be resolute in their approach to his game. Reputations are on the line and there can be no excuse for a limp and lack lustre performance. I reckon that we can win at Prenton Park and burst the Tranmere bubble. A 3-2 scoreline with Big Frank, Samson Tovide and Charlie Daniels on the scoresheet.

Safe journey to the travelling faithful.

Enjoy the game

Up the U's

Dirty Old Town - Super U's to prevail against the Ammies
at 23:36 1 Oct 2021

After another precious point on the road at Swindon, HM returned to the Coaching position as the Super U’s deservedly defeated a youthful West Ham side on Tuesday night.

Saturday sees the Ammies in Town led by Gary Bowyer and with plenty of financial backing. They have not started the season as they would have wanted however but recently defeated Bradford City and will have to be taken seriously at the JSCS. They have just signed Aramide Oteh on loan from QPR. He played 13 times for the U’s (4 starts) and scored one goal. Enough said.

Now next week at Tranmere we will be without Armando Dobra who has been called up to the Albanian International squad whilst Captain Tommy Smith will be with New Zealand. No chance of postponing games though (unlike Sutton United!).

Instead, HM has injury concerns with Miles Welch-Hayes still unavailable.

A very youthful team lined up against the Hammers, but I do not think HM will play youngsters like Tchamadeu, Dobra, Tovide and Cooper from the start against the Ammies. Instead, we will see the return of some of the more experienced players.

Shamal George will be back between the posts on Saturday. Dean Gerken did nothing wrong, but George is number one for my money.

The back four is likely to be Coxe, Eastman, Chambers and Daniels with Cole Skuse returning in midfield with Brendan Wiredu and Noah Chilvers. Up front expect Freddie Sears, Big Frank Nouble and Alan Judge sitting in behind.

So, 4,3,1,2, and the following personnel:


Coxe Eastman Chambers Daniels

Skuse Wiredu Chilvers


Sears Nouble


Turner Tchamadeu Clampin Jasper Dobra Tovide Cooper

Now one player that I have been disappointed with is Luke Hannant. He arrived from Cambridge United amid a good deal of publicity. He contracted COVID almost immediately and I think that perhaps he is suffering from Long COVID. His performances have been lack lustre at best. The performance at Barrow was simply shocking. He doesn’t seem to have the pace to skip by players and his challenges are cumbersome and awkward (the penalty give away at Holker Street a case in point). I hope that he returns to the form that he showed for Cambridge last season and soon.

Success stories on Tuesday were Chay Cooper who for 40 minutes looked head and shoulders above many of his more experienced colleagues. Samson Tovide was big and strong and in the absence of another Centre Forward must surely soon begin to start instead of Big Frank. Junior Tchamadeu was also impressive (again).

Sylvester Jasper seems to have also lost some of his early season sparkling form, but it will return. Big Frank must be on the final warning. He needs a goal tomorrow without doubt.

Ryan Clampin still looked short of match fitness and so I expect Charlie Daniels to return at left back. Tom Eastman was less comfortable on the left-hand side at the back but still offers a classy range of skills in the back four.

Cole Skuse is so experienced, and Brenda Wiredu is my player of the year so far. Alan Judge will also return as the Number 10.

Freddie Sears, after a couple of inspired games, drifted in and out on Tuesday night, he needs another goal to get his hunger back.

I am not concerned about our league position; it is false anyway because we would have won the Sutton game, but we do need to get that league monkey off our back (it’s more like a Silverback Gorilla than a Chimp at present). However, I reckon 2-0 against Salford will do nicely. Big Frank and substitute Jasper with the goals.

Now the constant cry is when are we going to get another Centre Forward. Now I have been scanning the records this week and since 2002/03 season the only player to score more than 20 goals in a single season was Jamie Cureton with 24 in 2006/07.

Chris Iwelumo scored 19 in 2005/06 and Chris Porter 16 in 2016/17. Freddie Sears top scored in 13/14 and 14/15 with 12 and 14 respectively whilst Sammie Szmodics scored 13 in 17/18 and 15 in 18/19 but apart from that it has been Slim Pickings (whoever he is!).

The legend that was Big Roy also weighed in but that is before many of the younger faithful were even born.

I’ve given up on Richard Kone and can only hope that Michael Folivi is fit soon to be offered a contract.

Colchester weather looks wet tomorrow with showers and 16 degrees Celsius.

Let us hope that the faithful come out in force. That first home league win beckons.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s

Super U's to prevail at the County Ground against the Reds
at 14:41 24 Sep 2021

After the disappointment of a poor home performance against Crawley last Saturday, Head Coach Hayden Mullins is again missing from the U’s set up after testing positive for COVID-19. We all wish HM a speedy recovery and wish Alex Dyer well as he attempts to keep the U’s unbeaten Away record going.

Incidentally I think that not only will he succeed in that aim but also the U’s will secure a win by 3-1.

AD has some decisions to make with his squad selection. Miles Welch-Hayes and Ryan Clampin are both fit and should return to the side whilst Big Frank who celebrates his birthday should finally end the scoring drought that has affected his form this season.
Should Welch-Hayes not be passed fit then Cameron Coxe will again play at Full back. Luke Chambers is ready to return after his enforced one game ban, but I would keep him on the bench for Saturdays game. Charlie Daniels looked off the pace against Crawley and failed to cut out the cross which led to their solitary goal. Unfair perhaps but in a tight game that one missed challenge proved very costly.

With no movement on the Striker front and the goal machine Richard Kone content to ply his trade in the 9th level of English Football we carry on with our current squad. Sadly, there is no word about Michael Folivi’ s recovery from his achilles injury so we do not know whether he will be offered a contract any time soon. This is a shame because he is a useful and pacy striker.

Otherwise, the team should remain relatively unchanged.

I reckon the following in a 4,3,2,1 formation for the game at the County Ground against the Reds of Swindon Town coached by Ben Garner:


Welch-Hayes Eastman Smith Clampin

Wiredu Skuse Chilvers

Sears Jasper


Chambers Turner Hannant Tchamadeu Dobra Judge Daniels

Swindon, despite their very public pre-season problems and the parting of the ways with John McGreal started the season very well and were unbeaten for 8 games. They lost their last home match to mercurial Port Vale and scrambled a point at Northampton last weekend.
Garner reckons he has a fully fit squad which includes Anthony Grant who flirted with the possibility of playing for the U’s whilst at Plymouth but changed his mind and stayed with the Devonians eventually moving on down a league!

Wessex will be attending his first game of the season at the County Ground (a relatively local journey for him), and I hope that he witnesses a victory for the Super U’s.

The weather in Swindon tomorrow will be a warm 20 degrees Celsius with light cloud and less than a 10% chance of rain.

We need to get the Home Form monkey off our back and get the chance next week against Salford but tomorrow is all about another impressive Away performance at Swindon.

Goal scorers in the 3-1 win, Big Frank, Sylvester Jasper, and a fierce drive from Ryan Clampin.

Safe journey to the travelling faithful.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s

Red Devils to be roasted by the Super U's at the JSCS
at 19:24 17 Sep 2021

Four league games unbeaten for the Super U’s after a dramatic and thrilling game at Holker Street last Friday. Saturdays sees the Red Devils of Crawley led by John Yems come to Town.

Now if we are serious about promotion then we need to drastically improve our home form and the Crawley games offers that chance. It is about time that we put a team to the sword, and I reckon a 3-0 home win tomorrow will set us up nicely for the tougher games to come.

Now no disrespect to the Red Devils but they must be defeated to get that home monkey off our backs.

After his 20 minutes of madness last week Luke Chambers misses the game tomorrow but that is perhaps not a bad thing. Tom Eastman was imperious when he came on last week and his goal was Maguire-esque in its power and simplicity.

Now for the first time this season I can show the table or part of it anyway:
The top ten are shown in full and then Crawley in 20th place. But this only goes to show just how tight the early season league positions are. But now is the time to maintain our good form and secure three valuable home points.

FGR 7 16
Harrogate 6 14
Northampton 7 13
Orient 7 12
Hartlepool 7 12
Rochdale 7 11
Bradford 7 11
Swindon 7 11
Exeter 7 10
COL U 6 9

Crawley 6 7

The dust has not yet settled on the vile abuse meted out to Shamal George but the player himself proved by his actions that he could rise above such racist chanting.

Indeed, George is fast becoming one of the faithful’s favourites and could become one of the Colchester great keepers. Too early for such plaudits perhaps, but George is confident, much understated and his handling, kicking and shot stopping are all excellent. He is a great personality too.

Now injuries are again thankfully limited. Miles Welch-Hayes might have to sit this week out, but we have a strong squad and plenty of decent players on the bench.

HM has a decision to make about the youngsters. Does he play both Jasper and Dobra with Sears and Nouble, that would be a bold side? Or does he play only one youngster or does he go with the experienced midfielders. And what about Junior Tchamadeu who was outstanding after coming on in the 87th minute. Yes, I know only a cameo, but we did play almost 8 minutes of additional time. And is Clampin fit to return, possibly but Daniels is playing out of his skin and that corner last week was sublime. Luke Hannant blotted his copy book with a stupid and unnecessary challenge to concede the penalty and must return to the bench.

So, I would go for the following side in a 4,2,4 formation. Plenty of pace and experience in equal measure.

Coxe Eastman Smith Daniels
Wiredu Chilvers
Dobra Sears Nouble Jasper

Sadly, I fear that not even Klopp or Guardiola would play that adventurous team.

So, what about a half-way house XI in a 4,3,3 formation:

Coxe Eastman Smith Daniels
Wiredu Judge Chilvers
Jasper Nouble Sears

Or 4,3,1,2

Coxe Eastman Smith Daniels
Wiredu Skuse Chilvers
Nouble Sears

Or 4,3,3

Coxe Eastman Smith Daniels
Wiredu Skuse Judge
Dobra Nouble Jasper

However, this is what I believe HM will go with tomorrow in a 4,2,3,1 formation:


Coxe Eastman Smith Daniels

Skuse Wiredu

Sears Judge Jasper



Turner Chilvers Kennedy Tchamadeu Dobra Hannant Welch-Hayes or Clampin

Weather in Colchester will be 20 degrees Celsius, sunny, and dry. Pitch will be top notch and hopefully a decent crowd buoyed by recent good performances.

3-0 Colchester with Big Frank scoring to improve his confidence plus Jasper and Sears.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s

Super U's triumph in the red hot furnace which is Barrow
at 22:22 11 Sep 2021

I was privileged to join the other 119 Colchester supporters at Holker Street to witness a great Super U’s victory on Friday night. The match had it all 5 goals, 2 sending offs, great Away Support, brilliant team spirit, the most amazing post-match celebrations you could hope to see and much more. Suffice to say I was buzzing on the drive home.

Having been Away with the Schoolchildren on a Residential trip this week there was no time to do a pre-match write up. I unpacked my case and then got into Col U gear ready for the match. Fortunately, the A66, A685, M6 and A590 were all behaving. I followed the team bus into Barrow at about 6.20pm suggesting that they had been delayed and then whilst eating prior to the game I saw two of the faithful who told me that the CUSA bus had been delayed on the M6 and were unlikely to make the start of the game. This after an 11.00am start from Colchester.

Walking to the ground the delay was confirmed and the stewards on the turnstiles would be waiting for the supporters coach to guide them into the ground.

Now the standing Away supporters are allocated a corner of the ground at the Holker Street End and the seated a small area the other side of the corner flag. This end has been covered and is home to the more vociferous of the home fans. More of this later.

There were already about 70 of the faithful inside the ground. Noise levels were building and there was a good atmosphere amongst the faithful. The tannoy announcement confirmed that the programmes had not been received from the printers as a result of circumstances beyond their control. Very disappointing.

HM had selected a team without Jasper and Dobra in the line-up, both were on the bench.


Coxe Chambers Smith Daniels

Wiredu Skuse

Hannant Judge Sears



Chilvers, Jasper, Eastman, Dobra, Kennedy, Tchamadeu, Turner

The evening was mild (I was still wearing shorts!) and it was dry, so the pitch was well watered before kick-off. The pitch immediately in front of the faithful had cut up but otherwise the surface was good.

The initial exchanges were fairly even, Big Frank had a headed chance but failed to make good enough contact. Both Smith and Chambers looked lethargic. Chambers especially seemed out of sorts.

Now Freddie Sears played the best game that I have yet seen for Colchester since his return. I think that he is now finally fully match fit. Playing down each wing alternately he looked sharp and full of running.

After 15 minutes of the first half a cheer went up as we saw the Roman Coach draw up outside the stadium. The faithful streamed in and took their seats or joined the standing faithful. Chatting to a couple of supporters they told me their tale of woe. The delay was hard to take especially after the Rochdale game which was similarly affected by accidents on the Motorway.

We all bemoaned the fact that we had a decent squad but still lacked a Number 9 to crack in the goals. Once I revealed where I had driven from, they said “you’re Durham Exile”. It was nice to meet some fellow supporters with similar views concerning where we still needed to improve but sharing the passion for Col U.

On 25 minutes a bizarre back pass shockingly under hit from Smith left George in no mans land and Stevens nipped in to score. It was a shocking howler by Smith and no blame could be apportioned to Shamal George.

Referee Simon Mather halted the game temporarily and after a discussion with Captain Tommy Smith, an announcement was made on the Barrow PA system notifying the crowd that no racist abuse would be tolerated, and this was met with widespread applause within the stadium. It transpired that a small element of the Barrow support had verbally abused Shamal George in racist terms. George seemed to take this in his stride and cleared his head. Now I did not hear what was shouted and there was confusion as to why the ref had halted the game until the announcement was made. Quite simply there is no place in football or society for this behaviour and it is hope that the perpetrator can be identified, and the appropriate sanctions applied.

Colchester were undeterred by this obvious gift goal. A great U’s move started by Brendan Wiredu (surely the best defensive midfielder in league two) saw him pass to Freddie Sears who gazelle like centred for Alan Judge to beat the keeper to bring us parity on 35 minutes.

Three minutes later and we were in dreamland. Wiredu (who else) won the ball and chipped a delightful ball toward Sears who nipped in smartly to beat the defender and flick the ball past the keeper for 2-1. Frankly it was thoroughly deserved. Colchester were the better team, and it made the earlier hopeless back pass all the more annoying.

Half time arrived and no changes to the personnel were made. Colchester were now attacking the end where the faithful were gathered. The attendance of 2,430 within Holker Street albeit with only three sides occupied made the ground seem full and the partisan home support were baying for an equaliser. In truth Colchester did not seem in any trouble, we continued to play the ball forward and Coxe, Wiredu, Judge and Skuse were playing well. Big Frank battled away without success and Sears looked imperious.

Tom Eastman replaced Alan Judge on 66 minutes. Apparently, HM had decide to go 5 at the back but 2 minutes later everything changed for the worst.

Chambers was booked and then on 68 minutes after claims of handball against the Barrow player, he made a rash challenge and the referee belatedly sent him off. The tunnel was behind the far goal and so he had the walk of shame from the half way line.

Here we go again was the thoughts amongst the faithful. We never play well against 10 men, and we usually concede when we go down to 10 men. But we looked comfortable until the 76th minute when Hannant allowed his man to get the wrong side of him and he made a challenge from behind in the box. The ref had the easiest decision to make and he duly obliged. Banks despatched the penalty past the unlucky George, and we had a desmond.

Hannant was immediately substituted. He did not need to make any challenge and we had sufficient defenders back. Noah Chilvers slotted into midfield. He was perhaps unlucky not to start the game.

Colchester decided not to sit back, which was absolutely the right thing to do. Just four minutes later Charlie Daniels took a corner and delivered a delightful cross for Tom Eastman to head powerfully down and past the keeper. Cue great scenes with Daniels leaping into the crowd with at least five other players celebrating in the corner with the faithful. The camera even caught yours truly leaping to his feet to join in the joyful celebration.

The Blue Birds were stunned, Holker Street fell silent and the faithful sang “Follow Col U away, Follow Co, U away”. It was just great.

HM made an inspired substitution on 87 minutes by bringing on Junior Tchamadeu. He has bulked up and looked determined from the start. He played brilliantly.

Defender Jones from Barrow who had been booked earlier lunged in on Big Frank on 90 minutes and rightly received a second yellow card and was sent off.

The card happy referee booked 5 Colchester players and 1 Barrow plus the two sendings off. He then found 7 additional minutes which proved to be a tense affair. We were well into the eighth minute of added time before he blew the final whistle.

Unbridled joy amongst the faithful was shared by the players. Anyone who doubted what this win meant to the players witnessed the most amazing celebratory scenes. Every player ran past the faithful high fiving the supporters and the backroom staff plus HM applauded and joined in the joyful scenes. It was the first time that I had ever seen a Colchester team celebrate with such raw emotion.

Give us the League title now I say.

The team were superb, and the win thoroughly deserved. Shamal George after the vile abuse that he suffered was sound as usual. Cameron Coxe was solid. Smith recovered after his howler to sort himself out. Chambers should be ashamed that he put a victory at risk through his foolishness. Charlie Daniels is a real star. His experience came to the fore and his celebrations with the faithful was something else.

Brendan Wiredu gets better every game and Cole Skuse was almost unnoticeable, he was that good at keeping a check on midfield matters. Luke Hannant was out of sorts and his rash challenge almost cost us, but it would have been a travesty if we had dropped points. Alan Judge was good first half. Keeping him fit is crucial. Freddie Sears was outstanding Friday night. Simple as.

Big Frank needs a goal so badly. Simple as.

Tom Eastman was welcomed back and deserves his place back in the starting XI. Noah Chilvers is a star in the making and Junior Tchamadeu despite a cameo appearance was brilliant in the closing stages.

Yes, we need a striker, but Richard Kone seems to be making things impossible with no passport, confusion over his age and an agent who clearly does not have his best interest at heart.
Ultimately the difference between finishing in the top seven and automatic promotion will be down to a striker. How much longer will Michael Folivi be out I wonder.

I enjoyed the win at Oldham, but I LOVED Friday night at Barrow. The U’s were that good and the spirit was immense. We definitely went nuclear in the furnace of Barrow on Friday.

I hope that the faithful had a better journey home. I also hope that Mr and Mrs Witham enjoy their mini holiday in the north. I was home by 1140pm after a brilliant journey reliving the scenes of joy and thinking about the quality in the team which just needs a Number 9 to top it all off.

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Basement side to be seen off by Super U's at JSCS
at 13:37 3 Sep 2021

Three games unbeaten for HM’s Super U’s bodes well going into our home game against Sutton United. After the disappointment of the game against Northampton Town the U’s will be looking to secure that first home victory to continue our rise up the League.

Clearly no game is a given, but Matt Gray’s team come to the JSCS sitting in 24th place. However, the U’s will be reunited with Craig Eastmond, a former star at our club and now Sutton Club Captain.

We also will not want to be remembering that fateful 1993 FA Cup Match at Layer Road where we lost 4-3 to Sutton by conceding a last-minute winner.

The good news with the transfer window was that we didn’t lose any players and gained another one albeit on loan from our Suffolk fiends in the form of Armando Dobra, born in London but qualifies to play for Albania.

HM also has just the one injury to contend with that of Ryan Clampin, but Charlie Daniels has brought experience to the position and played very well last week at Rochdale. Alan Judge is fit again after his injury and gives more selection headaches.

HM must therefore decide whether to stick with the four at the back or revert to the early season three centre halves. He has striking options too.

HM could therefore try 3,5,2:

Eastman Chambers Smith
Welch-Hayes Wiredu Chilvers Skuse Daniels
Jasper Nouble

Or 5,3,2

Welch-Hayes Eastman Chambers Smith Daniels
Wiredu Chilvers Skuse
Jasper Nouble

Or 4,3,2,1

Welch-Hayes Chambers Smith Daniels
Wiredu Chilvers Skuse
Judge Jasper

However, we are at home and have just signed two pacy strikers so
I would like to see 4,3,3


Welch-Hayes Chambers Smith Daniels

Wiredu Chilvers Skuse

Dobra Nouble Jasper

Turner Eastman Tovide Coxe Kennedy Hannant Sears

Judge might need another few days to come back into the reckoning.

Thinking. George is now the Number One and a great favourite with the fans. I prefer Welch-Hayes to Coxe at full back. Chambers and Smith just get the nod over Eastman (but it is close). Daniels definitely at left back with Clampin still out.

Midfield, I would like to see Hannant with Wiredu, Chilvers and Skuse but that leaves us short of the strike force. Therefore, play Dobra and Jasper as left and right-wing strikers with Big Frank through the middle.

We need to take Sutton on early doors and look to score some goals. My 4,3,3 gives those options and has some decent forward players. I think we will win 4-0. Jasper and Dobra on the scoresheet with Big Frank to break his duck and a pearler from Daniels.

Weather will be 18 degrees Celsius and sunny tomorrow at the JSCS.

A decent crowd to see the U’s secure a handsome home victory.

The Exiles can also watch the game on COLU TV/iFollow because of the international break.

Enjoy the game. Especially Sevebalo's young son attending his first Colchester game.
And Burnsie flying in specially.

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Footballers weekly wage by club
at 16:41 2 Sep 2021

Footy.com <news@footy.com>
Thu 02/09/2021 15:38

The above link will take you to a table where you can input any of the 92 clubs and it will give you the average footballer's weekly wage. Then it will show you the average weekly wage for a non footballer.

The figure for Colchester is £2,132 for a footballer and £462 for a non footballer.

Interesting stats!

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Another point on the road at Spotland for the Super U's
at 00:25 29 Aug 2021

Another useful point for the U’s on Friday night at Rochdale, but it could have been all three. Well, the night ended on a happy note with the faithful returning content with the result, but this fails to tell the real story that of the transport difficulties getting to the Stadium.

My son and I set off at 3.30pm (much earlier than necessary) but the intention was to have a meal in Rochdale ahead of the game. However, the traffic bulletin and overhead gantry signs on the A1(M) were warning that there was a 90-minute delay on the M62 between J27 and J24 heading West following a fire on the carriageway and that the tail back was 14 miles.

We turned off at J47 on the A1(M) and went via the A658 and A61 and around the Leeds Ring Road the only problem was there was the Cricket at Headingley and the Leeds Festival starting which all contributed to the traffic disruption.

Once on the M62 we managed to get onto the hard shoulder a fourth and in places fifth lane but still the traffic was snail like. Eventually it thinned sufficiently to get onto the outside lane, and we made better progress to the Huddersfield Junctions and onwards to the J20 turn off for Rochdale (a journey normally 1hr 45 mins had taken more than 3hrs 40 mins) and we arrived outside the ground at about 7.10pm. Parking is horrendous with side streets offering the only spaces and we managed to park about 1/4mile from the ground. We passed the Roman Coach Supporters Bus and I spoke to the driver who had managed a detour over the moors to avoid the worst of the disruption.

Arriving inside the stadium the Away supporters sit in the Reside Stand slightly to the right of the half way line and towards the Zen Sandy Lane Stand. The view was good and the faithful were in good voice.

I managed to get one of the special programmes to commemorate the 100th year of Rochdale’s membership of the Football League. In 1921 Rochdale played Accrington and won 6-3. Other teams in the Division Three North were Ashington, Grimsby Town, Barrow, Stockport County, Darlington, Halifax Town, Lincoln, Walsall, Nelson, Wigan, Southport, Durham, Stalybridge, Chesterfield Tranmere, Crewe, Wrexham, and Hartlepool.

In other news I watched Stockport defeat Southend on TV this evening 1-0 and thoroughly enjoyable it was too!

Another warm and bright day meant that the pitch was receiving copious amounts of water from the sprinklers before kick-off. Now it was a bizarre start to the game with Colchester appearing on the pitch a full five minutes before Rochdale and this meant we had to leave the field to return with the home side.

This time Referee Rebecca Welch led the teams out.

HM had made only one change Cole Skuse replaced Alan Judge who didn’t even make the subs bench. It was good to see Tom Eastman back in the matchday squad though.

So, the team was:


Welch-Hayes Chambers Smith Daniels

Skuse Wiredu

Sears Chilvers Jasper



Turner Eastman Tovide Thomas Kennedy Coxe Hannant

The attendance was 3,054 including 182 of the faithful. I saw Noah from a distance but did not see Mr and Mrs Witham but hope they enjoyed the match.

Just before kick off the Rochdale keeper Lynch was injured, and Coleman replaced him. More of him later. Now it was an entertaining game and Rochdale did at least want to get the ball down and play. They had an early foray into U’s territory, but George dealt with the effort. Colchester grew into the game and much of the inspiration came from Sylvester Jasper. Noah suggests playing him further forward and I entirely agree. He is a brilliant footballer and frankly is wasted in midfield and playing left back which, he often has to fill in when tracking back. Play him as an out and out left winger and let his creative ability come to the fore.

Twice in the first half he was unlucky with shots just wide of the upright, the second a delightful curling effort just wide. Daniels tried his luck with a screamer which was too high.

The real fun started on 40 minutes when Rochdale had a throw in about 35 yards from their own goal. The ball was thrown to Max Taylor who tried a back pass which saw the hapless Coleman stranded at the near post while the ball was expertly delivered to the far post and in for a spectacular own goal. It was reminiscent of a former Northampton Town player Stuart Robertson who I saw score two own goals in successive matches many years ago.

The faithful were ecstatic and sang all the louder. Rochdale were on the rack and a second goal then would have killed the game. Still 1-0 at half time and we were fourth in the table at this point.

Now I have been extolling the virtues of the Rochdale pies based on my last visit in 2010. However, I was embarrassed by the fare this time. My son and I both had a pie (one steak and one meat and potato) plus a tea and a coke. Frankly the pies were shocking. Tough pastry, a dry filling and totally underwhelming. The clubs partnership with the Lancashire Hospitality Cooperation is a disaster. They were almost as bad as the Fleetwood offering which was truly awful.

So, second half, no subs and we all hoped for more of the same. Now I have to say that the singing, chanting and general humour from the faithful was infectious and we had about a 20-minute rendition of blue and white army which was brilliant.

Big Frank fired into the side netting when he should have scored but that is his problem at present. Low on confidence and simply can’t buy a goal.

George saved well from O’Keefe and then on 60 minutes from a Newby cross Keohane equalised from close range. HM made the first change on 68 minutes with the outstanding Jasper replaced by Hannant.

Shortly afterwards a controversial moment. O’Keefe was challenged by Hannant and went down in the box. It was a definite dive from the Rochdale player and quite rightly the referee did nothing, but he should have been booked for a dive. The faithful were incandescent with rage. He looked sheepish and tried to hide with the sounds of cheat ringing in his ears.

With time running out HM made two more changes. Kennedy came on for Skuse on 89 minutes and Coxe replaced Chilvers on 90 minutes.

With time added on being played we should have won the game. The ball fell to Kennedy inside the penalty area and his shot was blocked by Coleman who atoned for his earlier howler.

And that was it. 1-1 and another valuable point. A brief word about Ms Welch. She was very much a homer though. Three Colchester bookings to nil for Rochdale. But she did get the “penalty” appeal right.

So, who did well? Shamal George who is the faithful’s favourite was assured and Miles Welch-Hayes played well. Chambers and Smith had no real scares and Charlie Daniels had a decent game. He must get his shooting boots on though.

Cole Skuse belies his age racing around like a gazelle. I especially like his calm assuredness on the ball. Brendan Wiredu is the enforcer simple as and Noah Chilvers looked good again.

Sylvester Jasper is brilliant a real live wire and a tricky pacy footballer. He is wasted in midfield and should not be asked to track back to the lefty back position he must play more advanced.

Now the problems, Sears, and Big Frank. Freddie Sears is a favourite of the faithful but when is he going to score from open play. Big Frank despite his hustle and bustle doesn’t look like scoring and he should have converted the near post effort which ended in the side netting.

Samson Tovide is on the bench why not let him loose. When Michael Folivi is fit, he should be offered a contract (if that is possible) but, in the meantime, we are creating chances but not converting them.

Richard Kone has been poorly advised by his agent simple as.

A striker is needed and quickly.

The journey home was uneventful and the M62 was clear so happy days!

Sutton United are up next and then Barrow. Six points surely to keep the run going.

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Dale to be defeated tonight at Spotland by Super U's
at 09:53 27 Aug 2021

After the elation of last Saturdays deserved Away Victory at Oldham, the U’s travel again to within 5 miles of the ground, this time to face Rochdale at Spotland. Under Robbie Stockdale they started the season indifferently but a 3-1 victory at Northampton was followed up with a 2-0 Carabao Cup victory against Shrewsbury at the New Meadow on Tuesday night which gives then a Third Round Tie at Burnley.

Rochdale have their own special evening tonight because they celebrate exactly 100 years to the day of their first ever league fixture. That game played on 27 August 1921 was against Accrington Stanley and Rochdale have a special programme The Voice of Spotland for the Colchester game which will be 76 pages. They will also be wearing their special 3rd kit Black and White stripes with white shorts.

The match wil also feature Rebecca Welch as referee.

I often find that such nights are very emotional occasions and that often tells on the home team. The last time I was at Spotland was 21 August 2010 when Andy Bond and Ian Henderson both scored for the U’s in a 2-1 victory. Now one of the Rochdale former players Gary Jones will be at the ground tonight along with a host of other Rochdale old boys.

Also remember that the pies at Rochdale are excellent.

However, Colchester will be there to spoil the party. HM still has injury problems with Eastman Skuse and Clampin training but not yet match fit. I wouldn’t see much beyond the same XI who started at Oldham.


Welch-Hayes Chambers Smith Daniels

Wiredu Judge

Sears Chilvers Jasper



Hannant Kennedy Tchamadeu Turner Coxe Tovide Beadle

Similarly, I want to see us start in the same vein by taking the game straight to The Dale.

League Two this season has already shown that it will be another close affair. FGR have started like an express train and were unlucky to lose 3-1 at Brentford and of course Bradford, Swindon and Mansfield will be there or there abouts but there is no reason why we cannot join them in short order.

Tonight, will be a close affair but I reckon we will prevail 3-2 in a game to remember for HM’s charges. We can also go fourth in the table albeit for 24 hours!
Jasper to open his account and goals also for Big Frank and Brendan Wiredu.

Weather tonight at kick off will be 15 degrees Celsius and cloudy but dry.

Safe journeys to the travelling faithful including Mr and Mrs Witham and Noah who benefits from the Friday night game by being able to watch Cricket on the Saturday.

Frankly I can’t wait for the game to start.

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Super U's prevail at Boundary Park in deserved victory over Latics
at 23:50 21 Aug 2021

Colchester carried on where they had left off from the 95th minute on Tuesday night with a thoroughly deserved victory at Oldham.

On a pristine surface with periods of sunshine and showers the U’s recorded their first win of the season. The scenes at the end of the match showed the emotion present by all the players and backroom staff.

The day started with sunshine and showers at home. My youngest son had agreed to go with me to the match and is also going next Friday to Rochdale. I decided on the A66, M6, M61 and M60 route. The M6 in Lancashire was slow going in two sections both involving roadworks and a reduction to two lanes. But once past Preston the road and traffic were much better, and we arrived near the ground for about 2:15pm. I say near to the ground because the Oldham site recommends that Away supporters no longer park at Boundary Park instead using the nearby Elk Mill Retail Park which allows free parking and no restrictions on match days.

The walk to the ground is about 10 minutes. Once inside Away fans are now directed to the Chaddy End Upper stand which actually affords a very good view. I incorrectly suggested the faithful numbered about 130 but failed to consider the number still waiting to take their seats and the total was amended to 187 within a crowd of 3,496.

The pitch was in pristine condition and no additional water was required because there had been a shower prior to kick off but the sun was shining, and the temperature was 18 degrees Celsius.

Now at Carlisle I had been mildly critical of an element of the faithful who seemed preoccupied with verbally attacking some of the home support. This week however the support was unstinting and loud and proud throughout. In fact, apart from one element of noisy home support behind the opposite goal (they had a drum) for long periods the home support was “libraryesque” such was the domination of the Super U’s.

Tom Eastman was injured and so was Ryan Clampin. I suspect that Cole Skuse is being rested from the demands of three games per week. I prefer a back four anyway so no complaint from me about the formation.

HM had lined up:


Welch-Hayes Chambers Smith Daniels

Wiredu Judge

Sears Chilvers Jasper




There is no doubt that my lucky Green Away shirt is working this season. It produced a point at Carlisle and all three today!!!!!

What was particularly good was that the U’s started on the front foot and played attacking football from the outset.

Now I am often critical of referees (no really) but Sam Barratt rightly should be applauded for his handling of the game. He was not overly fussy with the decisions; he played some brilliant advantages and controlled the game calmly and proficiently.

Now whatever your view of the foul on Tuesday on Big Frank, there is no doubt in my mind that there was clumsy contact on Brendan Wiredu today by Keillor-Dunn after 9 minutes. There was no hesitation from the referee and Freddie Sears stepped up and despatched the penalty to the Keeper’s right into the bottom corner . The Oldham protest continued after the penalty had been taken but there was contact and having seen it again this evening, I am convinced it was a penalty.

Oldham were in disarray and when the outstanding Sylvester Jasper was clearly fouled the referee played a great advantage which allowed Noah Chilvers to run on goal before placing a delightful right footed diagonal shot into the bottom corner for a deserved two nil lead on 12 minutes.

Oldham had the stuffing knocked out of them and there seemed to be further goals for the U’s if they wanted them. Shamal George has become a firm favourite with the faithful, he has his own song, and he looks to be well on the way to be Colchester’s Number 1.

He made a smart one handed save on 10 minutes following a weak defensive header by Chambers and his handling and dead ball kicks (save one) were all well placed and positive.

During the first 30 minutes Colchester attacked with pace and accuracy. Both wings were employed, and Charlie Daniels and Miles Welch-Hayes got forward on numerous occasions.

Brendan Wiredu has matured as a defensive midfielder and looks strong and decisive. Alan Judge put in a shift today and there were some lovely triangles between MWH, Wiredu and Sears and on the other wing, Daniels, Jasper and Chilvers.

Now I don’t doubt Big Franks work ethic because he always gives 100% but too often, he was unable to control, the ball having won it or failed to pick out a teammate. I would like to see Sears and Big Frank play closer together up front.

Sylvester Jasper (another with his own song) shows great skill, pace, and trickery. His footwork is magical at times, and he makes lots of diagonal runs across the pitch. Today he operated mainly on the left wing and then cutting in or linking up with Daniels.

The only time I was critical of Daniels was when he took a free kick in a very promising position which was ideal for a left footer only to see his effort go high wide and not very handsome.

Half time was enjoyed comfortably. The tea was quite acceptable, and the meat pie was ok with a decent filling and pastry which was not hard and crunchy like some offerings. Of course, next week we are in for a treat. Rochdale supply the best pies bar none.

No changes for the U’s at half time but Keith Curle made two changes (in truth he could have changed almost anyone except the excellent Dylan Bahamboula) .

The changes made no real impact and Colchester dominated as before. Now last season we would often drop deeper and allow the opposition to come onto us. This was perhaps done in slow motion this week. Colchester seemed to still create chances and because the team were attacking the end where the faithful had gathered, we could see the moves developing. Sears, Nouble and Jasper operating across the width of the pitch and supported by the full backs and Alan Judge, but the creation was reduced.

Result Oldham grew in confidence especially after they lost Ousa Cisse to injury after 54 minutes and had to change their formation again. On 74 minutes and from a position of total control we allowed Oldham back into the game. Their best player Bahamboula received the ball in the penalty area and struck a fierce shot past George and into the net for 2-1 on 74 minutes.

However, the U’s did not wilt, and HM decided on some changes. Luke Hannant replaced Freddie Sears on 76 minutes (he had been trying to get him on for over 5 minutes, but the ball did not go out of play during this time).

Gene Kennedy (who I have not seen play before) came on after 80 minutes for Noah Chilvers and finally Cameron Coxe replaced Sylvester Jasper on 82 minutes.

These substitutions stiffened up the team and it was refreshing not to see the ball lumped into the corner but rather we continued to play and look for a third goal. Coxe was unlucky with a header which was going wide, but their keeper clawed it away.

The referee added on 5 minutes, and this was extended by a further two as a result of an injury, but the U’s saw it out to deservedly take the points back to North Essex.

Immediately after the final whistle there was a bizarre pitch invasion by about 200 Oldham supporters. They seemed to be making a beeline for the home dugout and there were some minor protests, but I was more concerned that a number surrounded Shamal George as he neared the half way line. It took the gloss off the U’s victory somewhat.

The five Police officers who had been watching the Colchester supporters stood stoically in the penalty area and made no attempt to intervene despite the fact that there are signs which state “Going onto the Pitch is a Criminal Offence”. Equally when they decide to go back to their end of the stadium no stewards attempted to stop anyone. I am sure had any of the faithful made it onto the pitch they would have been summarily dealt with.

It was however good to see all the back-room staff on the pitch at the end with HM and the players.

I would suggest that Brendan Wiredu and Sylvester Jasper both deserve POTM awards but the whole team played well, and the three points were deservedly earned.

Gene Kennedy, although only a cameo role today, looked accomplished and he should receive more match minutes.

After the match I went into the Latics Club Shop to buy a programme. There were many items of merchandise reduced including shirts, bags, scarves, rucksacks, and shirt printing. We walked back to the car, stayed for a meal in the Retail Park and then drove home this time via the M60, M62 and A1(M) without incident.

We still need a Centre Forward, but I reckon that will complete the squad and now we have 5 points our season is off and running. Rochdale are next on Friday 27th August.

A successful day out in Oldham and next Friday we will only be five miles apart in Rochdale.

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Super U's to secure all three points at Boundary Park
at 23:18 20 Aug 2021

Tomorrow HM takes his charges to Boundary Park Oldham for the fourth league game of the season buoyed by the 95th minute penalty from Freddie Sears which secured a valuable point against the Stags. Mansfield were without doubt the best team that we have played this season and so the vital point might well have kick started our season. Almost 370 minutes playing time had elapsed since the season had started and the goal was as valuable as it was opportune.

Until last season our recent record at Boundary Park has been an excellent one. In front of no supporters, we lost 5-2 last season and drew 3-3 at the JSCS. However, a string of fine away wins and draws had been our previous results and it is true to say that I have seen Colchester win more times at Boundary Park than I have seen us lose.

Keith Curle is in charge at the Latics, and they have lost all three league games so far including a last-minute defeat at Bradford. But they did defeat Tranmere Rovers 4-3 on penalties in the Carabao Cup.

There have been some guarded rumours about the club continuing their search for another striker, but nothing confirmed as yet. Theo Robinson might have sat with the faithful recently but there is no word on his possible return.

Richard Kone has also gone to ground somewhere between North Essex and West London.

More disturbing news concerns three defenders Tommy Smith club captain with a back injury, Ryan Clampin who has an ankle injury and Tom Eastman with a possible hamstring problem. The latter two picked up their respective injuries in the Mansfield game. I think that Brendan Wiredu may have a slight knock too.

This gives HM a headache, but he does have cover for each position. He can bring in Harry Beadle and Junior Tchamadeu or play Cameron Coxe and Miles Welch-Hayes. Charlie Daniels would slip straight into the Left Back position. He looked sharp and very fit when introduced on 58 minutes on Tuesday night.

I think that a change in team formation, assuming none of the three injured players is fit, will be in order. Either 4,4,2 or 4,3,3 would be on the cards.

Reasoning – Coxe would be better at full back whilst Welch-Hayes can play Centre Back. Daniels is a natural fit at left back and his fitness belies his 34 years.

If Skuse can maintain the three games a week, then he should play whilst Chilvers looked keen on Tuesday. Alan Judge should not be asked to take all the dead ball set plays. Daniels could also take free kicks.

I would play Hannant in a more advanced position in direct support of Jasper and Nouble. Big Frank looks low on confidence but to his credit he won the penalty and always gives 100% for the team. Jasper just needs a goal.


Coxe Welch-Hayes Chambers Daniels

Skuse Judge Chilvers

Hannant Jasper Nouble


Turner Tchamadeu Sears Beadle Tovide Wiredu Kennedy

The last-minute equaliser will have seemed like a victory and will have lifted spirits in the dressing room. Once again, the second half performance merited something from the game. After the disappointment of the Northampton game, I felt so much more positive after Tuesday, and this would be a good time to travel to play the Latics.

Weather forecast is wet 100% precipitation but a mild 17 degrees Celsius. The pitch will be in good condition, and I am convinced that we will wrestle the monkey off our backs and secure the first victory of the season.

I reckon 2-1 to the Super U’s with Jasper and Daniels the goal scorers.

My journey to Oldham is one where I have two routes either A1(M), M62 and M60 which is 110 miles or M6, M61, M60 which is 117 miles. I will check the travel conditions in the morning, but I favour the M6 route.

Safe journey to the travelling faithful.

Enjoy the game.

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Stags in a rut against resurgent, "reformed," reinvigorated Super U's
at 21:39 16 Aug 2021

Tomorrow evening HM and his charges entertain Mansfield Town, another club who have started with two victories and who Nigel Clough says will be coming to go on the front foot.

Now frankly if anyone doubts the level of disappointment of yet another home defeat, just watch the Twitter feed of the Northampton players receiving the adulation from their fans on Saturday. I for one am sick and tired of the same old views of yet another Away side taking all three points from the JSCS.

A decent point at Carlisle, unlucky not to go to penalties at St Andrews and then a pathetic first half showing from the U’s during which the damage was done with a scrappy goal and then despite the lion’s share of the possession and shots in the second half we missed three presentable opportunities. As Geoff Boycott might have said “my old Granny would have scored the Freddie Sears one on one with the keeper”.

And that in a nutshell is our problem. Once again, we do not have a centre forward. This is becoming a perennial problem and until we secure someone who can score the half chances and very presentable chances that are going begging we will struggle.

It's not all doom and gloom but the pre-season positivity and confidence has taken a real battering and with the third league game of the season tomorrow, another defeat could see us 8 points off the top.

I stated before the season started just how much I dislike the 5,3,2 or 3,5,2 however you dress it up. It only leaves us with two defensive midfield players and a surfeit of defenders. The strikers are isolated and reliant on simply feeding on scraps.

When that great manager the late Jock Wallace was at our club, he played 5 at the back. I wrote to him complaining about the policy and he was gracious enough to pen a reply to me. His defence was that he still had 5 players to attack the opposition with even with the 5 defenders. A different era but it proves there is nothing new under the sun.

Look I don’t want to get all melancholy, but I am heartily sick of watching another poor result however good the performance is in parts. This is our sixth season in League Two and we should have the measure by now of what is needed to get out of this basement league. Frankly I don’t care about the quality of the play it is all about getting 75 points however they are obtained to get us into the play offs as a minimum although 80 would be better!

We were unlucky with Michael Folivi’ s injury and hopefully he will be able to sign when his achilles injury is sorted.

I think we have some good defenders and outstanding mid field players, but we need four across the middle of the park to give us some steel and to match the opposition who all look to control the middle of the park.

I am not criticising HM who I think is a good coach (despite what everything EFL League Two says).

But lets try 4,4,2 as follows:


Coxe Chambers Smith Clampin

Hannant Wiredu Skuse Judge

Jasper Nouble


Turner Welch-Hayes Chilvers Tchamadeu Eastman Tovide Sears

Luke Hannant chose Colchester over Cambridge even though it meant dropping down a league. He will be a star this season. My only concern about Judge and Skuse is their fitness levels to play Saturday, Tuesday, and Saturday without injury.

We know the club is looking to make other signings. We know that we need a striker, but not another 19-year-old U23 Championship player but someone who is a traditional centre forward. A target man and someone who knows where the goal is. Problem is I don’t know at this late stage where such a player is coming from, two of the best went to Wrexham and Stockport. Yes the National League.

Jasper looks lively and I am pleased that HM has shown faith in him because he can be very good. Big Frank seems, all at sea at present. He needs a goal; the team needs a goal.

Richard Kone looks to have gone sadly but where, not Brentford and surely, he would want first team football rather than the U23 league. Have we given up on tempting him I do hope not?

I make no apology for this pre match write up. You cannot win the league in August, but you can definitely get yourself into a position where you are constantly playing catch up and therefore the pressure is on tomorrow.

Weather tomorrow evening a mild 17 degrees Celsius with cloud cover. Little chance of rain.

On the front foot from the start tomorrow evening and take the game to the Stags. We can win the game and I predict 2-0 to the U’s with Jasper scoring his first goal and a cracker from Hannant from 25 yards.

At least we can watch the game if we are exiles or abroad and hopefully the attendance will not be much below 1800.

I do hope that the club reviews its Match Permits policy which is out of step with the majority of clubs and is not helping the attendance.

Enjoy the game.

Up the U’s

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